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9/2/2015 12:00:00 PM | Stuart Hardy

If you have a picture in your mind of what your most beautiful smile would look like, cosmetic dental treatments can help you get there. Because there are many treatments and methods to choose when designing your cosmetic dental plan, the following tips will help you make smart decisions to achieve expected outcomes:

Consider your Current Oral Health Status

For many patients, getting a renewed smile is not an in-and-out process, especially when you have outstanding oral health issues. Problems like gum disease, poor bone quality in your jaw, or severely damaged teeth will all need to be addressed before cosmetic treatment can begin. It’s important to build your new smile on a foundation of oral health, so your treatment lasts as long as possible. For example, patients who are interested in dental implants yet are also experiencing signs of infected soft tissue will need gum therapy, so that tissues can heal properly after implants have been placed.
It’s still possible to get a new beautiful new smile with dental cosmetics if you have oral health problems. We address instances of tooth decay and gum disease to help you achieve renewed oral health and aesthetic appeal.

Evaluate your Goals for Care

Do you need dramatic teeth whitening? Maybe you’re looking for the most life-like way to replace missing teeth, or you have a habit of grinding your teeth and need a cosmetic restoration that will hold-up well over time. Consider all expected outcomes you have in mind for your treatment plan before going in for your consultation. This way, you’ll be able to effectively communicate with your dentist and receive recommendations for care that are in-line with your goals. Suggestions for treatment can include a variety of materials – like porcelain, ceramic, and metal amalgam – or methods that are intended to support certain outcomes.

Use Comfort, Health and Function as Your Guide

The cosmetic dental treatments that are most successful in helping patients are those that support better oral health and improved function. If you have missing teeth, a dental implant is typically the best choice for delivering full biting and chewing power. For other restorations, like crowns and bridges, bio-compatible materials like ceramic and porcelain do not irritate soft tissue or negatively affect oral health.  Speak to your dentists about which treatments will be the most comfortable in the long-run and help you maintain the function you need to do every day things, like easily care for your new smile and enjoy your favorite meals.

If you have questions about the best ways to get the care you want for a new and improved smile, please contact Eagle Creek Dental Centre in Burnaby for your consultation. We support our patients’ goals for treatment by offering a multitude of procedures and materials in cosmetic dentistry.



8/18/2015 12:00:00 PM | Stuart Hardy

As restorations for missing teeth, dental implants are extremely versatile. Regardless of how many teeth you may be missing, implants provide a healthy and strong restorative solution that can work for almost any patient who is in otherwise good oral health.  Implants are capable of doing the following:

Replacing Single Teeth

Whether it’s a tooth in your smile line, one that’s clearly visible when you smile, or a molar, dental implants can act as new tooth roots and support a natural-looking dental crown. We place single dental implants in any location in your smile, in order to fill the gap in your teeth, support bone health, and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting toward the open space.

Anchoring Bridges for Groups of Missing Teeth

Traditional dental bridges are usually three-unit pieces made to place a missing tooth, and are bonded onto surrounding teeth. Bridges usually require the presence of teeth on either side of a gap in order to be properly attached, but implants make bridges useful for any dental patient with groups of missing teeth.  Implant posts act as replacement tooth roots and can secure either end of a dental bridge, regardless of how many replacement teeth the bridge consists of, or how many natural teeth are remaining in your smile.

Total Tooth Replacement

Complete tooth loss in either jaw arch isn’t an uncommon problem for senior patients, but implants provide a durable solution for this problem too. Just like with dental bridges, where the implant posts act as anchors to support a restoration, implants can be placed to securely attach to a full denture. There are different methods for implant dentures, which include fixed overdentures and hybrid dentures – but both of these both provide superior stability and oral function over removable dentures. Implant dentures help patients enjoy greatly improved quality of life when faced with complete tooth loss.

We Place and Restore Implants in Burnaby

If you have questions about what implants can do for you, contact Eagle Creek Dental Centre for more information. We perform implant placement and also provide custom-made dental crowns, bridges, and dentures to successfully restore all missing teeth.



8/3/2015 12:00:00 PM | Stuart Hardy

Accidents happen and can create problems for your oral health. Sudden spills and sports injuries can leave you with broken teeth and damaged dental prosthetics. Even poor oral health habits can slowly create issues that need immediate attention at some point.

If you’ve experienced a dental emergency, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the following problems:

Discomfort – Oral health trauma can put patients in a fair amount of pain. Knocked-out teeth, chipped teeth, tooth infections, and other damage leaves oral structures irritated and sore. The best way to get relief from pain is to apply an ice pack and see a dentist immediately.

Limitation of Oral Function – Beyond being uncomfortable, many dental emergencies make it hard to eat, drink, chew, and speak. Accidents that result in damaged dental work, like a broken denture or crown, limit your ability to carry out daily routines such as eating meals and speaking without a lisp. Repairing dental appliances and replacing avulsed teeth is the best way to regain strength and function.

Further Damage – Left untreated, oral health problems arising from emergency dental concerns only cause more problems. Tooth infections spread and malfunctioning or broken dental appliances can damage nearby teeth and irritate soft tissue. It’s important to not give these urgent situations the opportunity to negatively affect otherwise healthy teeth and structures.

Infection – Something that starts off as a small problem, like bleeding gums, can turn into a big issue before you know it. Many people may not think of early signs of gum disease as a dental emergency necessarily, but those are the same people who put-off treatment for far too long and develop serious periodontitis, abscesses, and tooth loss. If you are showing any signs of soft tissue problems, seek care as soon as possible to avoid serious infection.

Our Burnaby dentists take oral health problems and sudden injuries seriously. If you’re experiencing signs of a tooth infection, had a tooth knocked-out in an accident, or chipped and damaged your teeth and dental work, we can help. We offer root canals, dental implants, and various cosmetic restorations to help restore your health and the appearance of a full and beautiful smile. Contact our dentists immediately if you are in pain or have a damaged tooth.



6/26/2015 2:26:00 PM | Stuart Hardy



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